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Wanada Woon-ardy Page (Parker)

Also Known As: "Woon-ardy", "Stand Up And Be Strong", "Woonardy", "Annie Parker"
Birthplace: Oklahoma Territory, United States
Death: October 26, 1970 (82-83)
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Place of Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief and Weckeah “Hunting For Something” Parker (Nacona)
Wife of Walter Komah and Sgt. Harrison Page
Sister of Cynthia Ann “Naunocca” Cox (Parker); Weyodee 'We-yoh-Dee' Tamahkera (born Parker); Mary Patche Clark; Alice “Topeseup” Parker (Parker); Lynn Parker and 1 other
Half sister of Laura Neda Birdsong; Esther Tabbyyetchy; Len “Nehio” Parker; Thomas 'Tit-Tah' 'Tom' Parker; Kelsey Topay Parker and 12 others

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About Wanada Woon-ardy 'Stand Up and Be Strong' Page (Parker)

Conflicting birth and death dates:
Headstone has Birth 1887 and death Oct 26, 1970
Obituary From The Lawton Constitution, Wednesday, October 27, 1971 has 1882 and death Tuesday October 26, 1971

Wanada Parker and white parker were in a movie entitled daughter of dawn.
Here is the link https://youtu.be/_695qZH3GZI Note Link broken 28 February 2021 Alternate link: Oklahoma Historical Society Daughter of the Dawn

The following obituary was sent by Lisa Stalnaker (#46893021):

The Lawton Constitution
Wednesday, October 27, 1971
Page 18, columns 1-4


Services are pending at Greenlawn Funeral Home for Mrs. Wanada Parker Page, 89, of Lawton. The last surviving daughter of Comanche Indian Chief Quanah Parker, she died about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the U.S. Public Health Service, Lawton Indian Hospital.

Her death leaves only one surviving child of Quanah, her half-brother, Tom Parker, of Apache.

She was born in 1882 in Indian Territory. Her Indian name was Woon-ardy Parker. "Woon-ardy" in Comanche means "Stand Up and Be Strong," because she was weak in the limbs and had to walk on crutches for a long time. Mrs. Page had also been given her mother's name, Weckeah.

She attended Chilocco Indian School, then in 1894 was sent to Carlisle Indian School, Pa. where she remained several years with her half-brother Harold (oldest of Quanah's sons) and her half-sister Neda.

At Carlisle, her name was spelled at first "Juanada" until it was objected that she was not Mexican or Spanish. She was baptized under the name of "Annie" in 1895 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Carlisle, but nobody called her that.

Wanada attended the Fort Sill Indian School for about a year, about 1903, living in a girl's frame dormitory.

Mrs. Page was a charter member of the Comanche Reformed Church of Lawton.

In 1908 she married Walter Komah, a Comanche. They went to Mescalero, N.M., where he died of tuberculosis in 1912. Wanada returned to Lawton shortly after that. She worked at Fort Sill Indian School as assistant matron while her sister Alice was a student.

In 1915 she became a nurse's aide at the Fort Sill Indian Hospital and it was during her work there that she met her future husband, Harrison Page. He was a white soldier in the Medical Corps assigned to the Station Hospital at Fort Sill.

They commuted by street car during their courtship and were married on Dec. 18, 1916.

He was discharged from the service on a medical disability in November, 1917.

About 1919 Mrs. Page was a feature actress in "Daughter of the Dawn." Her husband began practice as a chiropractor in Apache in 1924.

From 1929 to 1933 both Harrison and Wanada Page lived in Phoenix, Ariz., white Harrison attended C. H. Cook's Bible School. After his graduation, they spent several months at a Yaqui village in Arizona.

The Pages returned to Oklahoma in 1934 and lived in various towns where Harrison served as a chiropractor. The couple returned to Lawton in 1938 where Mr. Page worked as a painter and contractor until his retirement in 1956.

In her later years, Mrs. Page attended the first Parker Family Reunion at Fort Parker, Tex., in 1953, when the Indian Parkers of Oklahoma and the white Parkers of Texas held their first annual get-together.

At the reburial of her father, Chief Quanah, and his mother Cynthia Ann, in Fort Sill's Post Cemetery in 1957 from the Old Post Oak Mission Cemetery near Cache, Mrs. Page was designated by the family to receive the burial flag from the Army as the senior of the children participating.

Mrs. Page spoke on behalf [of] the Quanah Parker family during the unveiling of a sculptured bust of her father at Quanah, Tex., in 1959. She was the only one of the children who made a trip to Texas for the removal of Chief Quanah Parker's little sister Prairie Flowers from Texas for reburial beside her mother Cynthia Ann in Post Cemetery at Fort Sill in 1965.

After the reburial of Prairie Flower, Mrs. Page took a leading part in a project to raise funds among the Parker family and procure a grave monument for Prairie Flower that was an exact replica one-half the size of Cynthia Ann's monument.

She was too ill to attend the unveiling of the monument on July 18, 1970, and her sister, Mrs. Alice Parker Purdy represented the children. (Mrs. Purdy died last Aug. 23.)

Wanada and Harrison Page lived at 2313 I for several years and were looked after by Mrs. Page's niece Theresa, Mrs. Albert Tahsequah and family. The couple moved to Orlando Nursing Home in 1970.


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Wanada Woon-ardy 'Stand Up and Be Strong' Page (Parker)'s Timeline

Oklahoma Territory, United States
October 26, 1970
Age 83
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Highland Cemetery, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA